Going through Shoutcast and tuning into a few random radio stations.
Some of them were quite good and sounded brilliant. Some of them however did not.
Digging a bit deeper and looking on their shoutcast server pages the reason for the poor audio quality on some of the stations was immediately clear.
You just know a SAM Broadcaster station when you come across one. Usually the badly coded website or #audiorealm on the Shoutcast server page gives it away.
I could never get a decent sound out of SAM Broadcaster even testing on the 3.x.x & 4.x.x versions with the built in on board AGC
(The AGC in SAM Broadcaster is a rehash of a Winamp plugin called “SoundSolution”)
The audio would never sound right in SAM Broadcaster no matter how many different settings you tried.
I eventually switched back to my stream which is powered by RadioDJ and it sounds 10 times better than those few stations that were using SAM Broadcaster.
With RadioDJ You get a great well programmed automation application with great sound from the onboard audio processing plugin.
If you don’t believe me Try RadioDJ out for yourself with these audio processing settings.
If your audio files are ripped at the right bitrate and format you should notice a huge difference in audio between SAM Broadcaster and RadioDJ.